Participating authors

Sandra Balsells

(Barcelona, 1966)

She graduated in Journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and after taking a post-graduate degree in photojournalism in London she started her career as a freelancer, covering conflicts in war zones such as Yugoslavia. Her work on war and postwar in that area was rewarded with the Ortega y Gasset Award in 2006 for the Best Informative Work. Balsells has combined her photojournalism with teaching at the Ramón Llull University in Barcelona, and her work has been exhibited in dozens of individual and collective exhibitions.

Luis Baylón

(Madrid, 1958)

On the premise that “the street is life,” this Madrid born photographer was awarded the “Canon Ftb” aged 18 years, and started to document the urban environment in Madrid, focusing his work on anonymous people. In the 80’s, with his inseparable Rolleiflex 2. 8F twin lens camera, he started to work with newspapers and periodicals such as El País Semanal, El Europeo, El Mundo Magazine and Tentaciones.

Sergio Belinchón

(Valencia, 1971)

A photographer and plastic artist, Belinchón has centred his work around the city as the space of life for its inhabitants, transformation of territory and places where reality and artificiality blend together and are confused. He has also been working with video as another form of expression since 2003. He currently lives in Berlin where he founded the Invaliden1 Galerie, a platform on which he exhibits his work and that of the international community of artists who have established in the city.

Joana Biarnés

(Tarrasa, 1935 – Ibidem, 2018)

Joana started her career at a very early age, marked by the historical visit to Spain by The Beatles in 1965. Well-seasoned in sports photography, in her early days following in the footsteps of her father’s profession, she was a true pioneer in photojournalism. She was the singer Raphael’s official photographer for several years, while also working for several different agencies. She stopped working in the press at the end of the eighties.

Ricardo Cases

(Orihuela, Alicante, 1971)

The career of this Alicante born photojournalist focused on human beings and their yearnings in the middle of a mass society, and also on traditions in contemporary Spain. His work is marked by irony, with some very personal surreal touches, which has brought him awards such as the FNAC New Talent award. He is the author of the books Belleza de barrio, La caza del lobo congelado and Paloma al aire.

Luis Castelo

(Palencia, 1961)

Since his father was a taxidermist, Luis Castelo has always been closely linked to the animal kingdom. Since 1990 his work has focused on the search and study of a different way of seeing nature, and he has used scanners and other alternatives to cameras to achieve it. He holds a PhD in Fine Arts and is a professor at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Juan Manuel Castro Prieto

(Madrid, 1958)

A self-taught photographer, he became a member of the Royal Photography Society of Madrid in the eighties. Peru has been particularly relevant in his career, where he has made some of his most prestigious work, as is the small village of Cespedosa in Salamanca, where he has delved into its memories through images. He was awarded the National Photography Prize in 2015.

Francesc Català-Roca

(Valls, Tarragona, 1922 - Barcelona, 1998)

Born into a family of photographers, he never considered himself to be a simple “narrator of everyday life.” Nevertheless, the Catalan’s work is now recognized as some of the most valuable work of a vital period of history in Spain in the fifties. A forerunner for documental photography, Madrid and Barcelona are the two cities that were mostly photographed through his lens. He was awarded the National Plastic Arts Prize in 1983.

Toni Catany

(Lluchmajor, Mallorca, 1942 - Barcelona, 2013)

A self-taught photographer, Catany started his career by making travel reports. His images are mainly pictorial, including nudes, portraits and still life photographs, which have brought him unanimous acknowledgement. He often used the calotype technique created by Talbot. The Life magazine ranked him among the 100 best photographers in the world due to his command of light and his personal vision. He was awarded the National Photography Prize in 2001.

Agustí Centelles

(Valencia, 1909 – Barcelona, 1985)

The father of Spanish photojournalism. He started to cover the Spanish Civil War with his Leica camera, first in the streets of Barcelona, and later on the frontline where he served as a solider, and finally as a photojournalist. He left Spain in 1939 with a suitcase containing all his negatives. He hid it in Carcassone and returned for it in 1976. He was awarded the National Plastic Arts Prize in 1984.

Joan Colom

(Barcelona, 1921 - Barcelona, 2017)

This self-taught accountant started photography aged over thirty. He is considered one of the pioneers in photograph series composition and one of the postwar greats in photography. One of his most prestigious pieces is the series La Calle in which he photographed prostitutes in Barcelona’s Chinatown which would later be used to illustrate the book Izas, rabizas y colipoterras by Camilo José Cela. He was awarded the National Photography Prize in 2002.

Chema Conesa

(Murcia, 1952)

Known more for his portraits and, in his final years, as editor and curator of exhibitions. He was a great admirer of Cartier-Bresson and started his profession as a sports journalist for El País, but he soon embarked on his own career as a portrait artist. His camera achieved an X-ray of the protagonists of the new democratic period in Spain, such as Alberti, Felipe González and Almodóvar, and also immortalized international celebrities such as Annie Leibovitz, Mario Vargas Llosa and Jack Lemmon.

Matías Costa

(Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1973)

This Argentine photographer came to Spain as a child. His work is a study of memory, loss and a search for family identity through concepts such as history and maps. He sought scenes with an atmosphere of uprooting and sadness for his photographs. He started his career as a photojournalist but his work soon turned more towards documentaries. He founded the NOPHOTO collective and worked with numerous journals and media.

Gabriel Cualladó

(Masanasa, 1925- Madrid, 2003)

An amateur photographer, as he defined himself. He did not live from photography in the strict sense. He worked in a transport company that he inherited from his uncle. His work accounted for a substantial change at the time, as his interest was more focused on humanist photography, simple, direct with no tricks. He liked photographing anonymous people in his area with stories to tell. He was awarded the National Photography Prize in 1994.

Juan Manuel Díaz Burgos

(Cartagena, Murcia, 1951)

With his first camera, a Kodak Retinette, he photographed his environment from eight years old. From 1976 onwards he used a Canon FTb and started to explore the world of photography with greater freedom. His work focused on Latin American countries, mainly Cuba, Dominican Republic and Peru. He is the author of books such as Historias de playa, Piel Canela, El Deseo, Malecón de La Habana, El Perú de Vargas Llosa and Raíz de sueños.

Marisa Flórez

(León, 1948)

Through her photographs she portrayed a changing Spain for El País newspaper during the Transition, a period of deep changes featuring protagonists such as Carrillo, Fraga and la Pasionaria, who became myths. She is the author of iconic images such as the loneliness of the President, Adolfo Suárez in the Chamber of the House. Flórez was one of the first photojournalists in Spanish history and played an indispensable role to understand the current affairs of her day. She won the National Award for Journalism in 1979.

Joan Fontcuberta

(Barcelona, 1955)

For forty years he centred his work on questioning the role of authenticity that is given to photographs, which he overly achieved with his works such as Sputnik and Sirenas. Considered by many as the Spanish photographer with greatest international outreach, Fontcuberta upholds that the clichés of photography are deeply rooted in our cultural atavism, which is why he questions them. He was awarded the National Photography Prize in 1998 and the Hasselblad International Photography Award in 2013.

Cristina García Rodero

(Puertollano, Ciudad Real, 1949)

A reference in the history of contemporary Spanish photography, García Rodero, a member photographer of the Magnum agency is also one of the most outstanding at international level. She is the author of a monumental piece of work on ancestral traditions and the contrasts of human beings in different places around the world. She has won numerous awards, including the National Photography Prize in 1996 for her creative work through which she claims to have found herself.

Alberto García-Alix

(León, 1956)

A self-taught photographer, a wonderful portraitist, photographer of some very hard images determined to show reality, García-Alix immortalized notable artists of his time with his Leica and Hasselblad cameras. Music, nightlife, tattoos and motorcycles were some of his sources of inspiration, which he has always photographed in black and white. Time has taken his work on more introspective, intimate paths. He was awarded the National Photography Prize in 1999.

Pierre Gonnord

(Cholet, Francia, 1963)

A self-taught photographer with an unmistakable style, he has been living in Madrid since the end of the eighties. Pierre Gonnord focused his career on portraits, managing to masterfully capture an array of diverse nuances of different social groups. The protagonism of his work is always with the powerful, raw looks of the portrayed subjects that he meets. The psychological depth of his images is one of the trademarks of his work.

Elisa González Miralles

(Madrid, 1978)

A graduate in Chemistry, she is a member photographer and joint founder of the MADPHOTO school. Her work explores topics such as the construction of stereotypes, human behaviour and own identity conflicts. She was awarded a grant by the World Press Photo in Manila, and awarded the FotoPress 07 prize. Her latest piece of work “WANNABE” was published by La Fábrica and exhibited in Un cierto panorama. Recent photograph of the author in Spain, curated by Jesús Micó for PhotoEspaña17.

Pablo Juliá

(Cádiz, 1949)

Since the end of the sixties Juliá documented the Spanish transition, and in 1980 he started to work for El País on reports and interviews in different countries. He is the author of several publications on the Transition and has taken part in many exhibitions. He was the director of the Andalusian Photography Center (CAF), and has received awards for his career as writer on one of the most important periods in recent Spanish history.

Ouka Leele

(Madrid, 1957)

She started her career at a young age, teaching herself photography. She was an extremely creative photographer and outstanding painter and poet. The Madrid born photographer sees photography as “visual poetry, a way of speaking without words.” Her famous, characteristic coloured pictures are the result of her blending painting with photography. Her work has been displayed in several cities, and in 2005 she won the National Photography Prize.

Xurxo Lobato

(A Coruña, 1956)

This Galician photojournalist has portrayed a diversity of people from different countries over more than two decades, although his name became popular in 2003 after winning the Ortega and Gasset Award for his photographs of the sinking of the Prestige. One of those images is etched in the collective memory of the entire country. His work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions and now holds places in several private and institutional collections.

César Lucas

(Cantiveros, Ávila, 1941)

Considered one of the photographs of the Transition, Lucas taught himself and started off as a press photographer for Europa Press. He has photographed stars such as Katherine Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Sean Connery, John Lennon, Billy Wilder and Clint Eastwood. For many, his most important piece of work was his exclusive photograph of Che Guevara when he visited Madrid in 1959.

Chema Madoz

(Madrid, 1958)

His personal way of interpreting art through photography and his poetic vision evident in all his work are the hallmarks of one of the most revered creators in contemporary Spanish photography. His work centres around analysing relationships between objects that are not apparent at first sight and around the traps of vision. Among other acknowledgements, he was awarded the National Photography Prize in 2009.

Fernando Maquieira

(Puertollano, Ciudad Real, 1966)

He started to work as an apprentice and helper at Fernando Gordillo’s studio aged fifteen. For seven years he photographed picture galleries around the world when they closed to the public and night fell on them. He carried out those sessions at cult centres such as the New York Metropolitan, the London Tate Gallery and the Prado Museum in Madrid. He has taken part in many exhibitions and has published several books.

Ángel Marcos

(Medina del Campo, Valladolid, 1955)

In his early days he was a publicity and industrial photographer, but from the end of the nineties he turned to artistic photography, focusing mainly on landscapes. His photographs are closely linked to travel and dialogue with the territories where his travels take him. His most recent work is outside of Spain in different parts of the world to photograph phenomena such as globalization.

Ramón Masats

(Caldes de Montbui, Barcelona, 1931)

He is one of Spain’s great photographers, a member of a unique generation that brought Spanish photography into modernity in the fifties, and who became famous for his ability to capture iconic moments. Catalonian by birth although adopted by Madrid, Masats defines himself as a “thief of images,” passionate about the details of topics and traditions. He was awarded the National Photography Prize in 2004.

Oriol Maspons

(Barcelona, 1928 - Barcelona, 2013)

He was one of the members of the aesthetic and intellectual revival group known as the Gauche Divine, a place for liberty and freedom outside of Francoist Spain. He photographed the postwar period and subsequent economic boom in Spain during the fifties. Later on, with his Leica and Pentax cameras, he worked in fashion photography, architecture, publicity, graphic illustration and portraits.

José María Mellado

(Almería, 1966)

He started taking photographs of villages in Almería province with his Russian Zenit, and was fortunate enough to make a living out of his passion. Although he became successful through his books on digital photography processing, Mellado says that the artistic side to his work has always been more important to him. His passionate search for beauty in everyday life is one of the keys to his work. He was president of the Royal Photography Society.

Enrique Meneses

(Madrid, 1929 - Madrid, 2013)

His life was that of an allrounder journalist. His career spanned seven decades and is impossible to summarize, but Meneses defined it as a “hunter of images.” He is the embodiment of the intrepid reporter, a survivor, a specialist in finding his way in the world. In the fifties and sixties he worked with some of the most prestigious magazines such as the Paris Match, Stern and Time-Life, and among other achievements he was the first reporter to visit Sierra Maestra with the guerilla soldiers led by Fidel Castro.

Cristina de Middel

(Alicante, 1975)

Her lens is one of the most personal in contemporary Spanish photography. She has worked as a photojournalist for Spanish newspapers and NGOs, which have led her to take on more personal work in which she questions both the truth and the language of photography. The thin line separating reality from fiction is another of the constants in her work. She was chosen as a nominated member by Magnum in 2017 to belong to the agency and receive the National Photography Prize.

Sofía Moro

(Madrid, 1966)

She fell in love with photography at an early age, and her work is divided into photojournalism, documentary photography and editorial photography. Moro defines herself as a documentary photographer who tells stories through her pictures, and directs her attention to images that are able to move us and arouse emotions. The faces of her protagonists are vitally important to her work. Her more personal projects are socially oriented in defence of human rights.

Nicolás Muller

(Hungría, 1913 - Llanes, Asturias, 2000)

A young Muller travelled all around the eastern area of the Danube in the thirties accompanied by his inseparable Rolleiflex, documenting the harsh living conditions of the Hungarian peasants and also portraying their customs. His images are a mix of melancholy, denouncement and engagement with a harsh reality, and comprise the key elements of his work charged with humanism. He arrived in Spain in 1948 after spending some time in Tangiers, and decided to stay here, mainly working for Mundo Hispánico.

Isabel Muñoz

(Barcelona, 1951)

She focuses her interests on humans through topics such as the body, rites or cultural diversity, and has travelled the world to take her photographs. She says that her photographs are nudes because they depict “the pureness of human beings,” and in her search to reproduce the texture of skin she learnt the platinum print technique in New York. She was awarded the National Photography Prize in 2016 for her career in photography.

Rafael Navarro

(Zaragoza, 1940)

Through an artistic language halfway between abstraction and figuration, he has always been an innate observer who pays attention to the human body, particularly nudes, the passing of time and relationships with nature, which are the pillars of his extensive career. Through frames seeking decontextualization he hides from the obvious to suggest rather than explain.

Eduardo Nave

(Valencia, 1976)

Starting off with traditional documentaries, the Valencian photographer analyses scenarios with significant historical or social meaning and reinvents them through a proposal of new narratives. The possibility that the places keep memories of what happened within them is one of the constants of his work, centring on exploring landscapes. He jointly founded the photography association known as NOPHOTO in 2005 with 13 other photographers.

José Manuel Navia

(Madrid, 1957)

He is one of the most literary photographers of the contemporary Spanish scene. He has travelled to many sites around the world where the Iberians have left their mark throughout his career. He seeks to capture atemporal atmospheres and is a strong defender of small cameras and fixed lenses between 35 and 50 millimetres, owing to which he never uses a flash or tripod. He says that the artist he has learnt the most from is Diane Arbus.

Pablo Pérez-Mínguez

(Madrid, 1946 - Madrid, 2012)

His automatic Nikon portrayed most of the protagonists of the Movida Madrileña who wandered around his house in Calle Monte Esquinza, which became a meeting point. Along with his designer friend, Carlos Serrano, he set up the Nueva Lente magazine which put Spanish photography in a different light, and he also drove the inclusion of photography in art galleries. He was awarded the National Photography Prize in 2006.

Carlos Pérez Siquier

(1930, Almería)

He is considered one of the pioneers of avant-garde photography in Spain. He founded the group AFAL in 1956 with José María Artero, bringing together a generation of like-minded photographers outside of the stereotypes of the day. His first series taken in La Chanca district belongs to that period, which became a turning point in Spanish photography. He was awarded the National Photography Prize in 2003.

Benito Román

(Madrid, 1950)

He started to work as a photojournalist assistant and in 1972 he published his first pieces of work in a sports magazine. He has freelanced for different agencies and media since then. He has won several contests, including the Nikon International Contest in 1978 and the Fotopress Culture and Show award in 1986. He published the book Duendes, entes y mojigangas in 1985 dedicated to dwarf bullfighters.

Martín Santos Yubero

(Madrid, 1903 - Madrid, 1994)

He bought his first camera, a box Kodak camera at the age of 17 and started to take photographs as a hobby. He was awarded his professional photojournalist license in 1927 and went on to publish in the press such as La Nación, Ahora, ABC, Estampa, La Tierra and Ya. He photographed the first decades of the 20th century, including the Spanish Civil War and the postwar period, making him one of the most prestigious members of the second generation of photojournalists of Madrid.

Gervasio Sánchez

(Córdoba, 1959)

He worked as a freelance photographer for different media and magazines covering the Gulf War, the war in Yugoslavia and different conflicts in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His pictures not only show the horrors of war, but they also document the impact of war on civilians and how they manage to survive. He was awarded the Ortega y Gasset Award for Journalism in 2008 and the National Photography Prize in 2009.

Rafael Sanz Lobato

(Sevilla, 1932 - Madrid, 2015)

He acquired his first camera at the age of 22, a Braun Paxette, and taught himself the secrets of developing and inverting negatives. He belonged to the generation of postwar photographers leading to an exceptional documentary production, which brought him the National Photography Prize in 2011. He took part in the Royal Photography Society of Madrid in 1964, and a year later he founded La Colmena group with other photographers.

Alberto Schommer

(Vitoria, 1928 - San Sebastián, 2015)

Son of the photographer Albrecht Schommer Koch, he started his career as a painter to later turn to photography for over five decades. He is known for his psychological portraits, and was also a witness of the cultural and social transformation of Spain. Photography for Schommer was his way of showing the world just as it is. In 2014 he became the first photographer to exhibit his work in the Prado Museum, and in 2013 he was awarded the National Photography Prize.

Ricard Terré

(Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, 1928 - Vigo, Pontevedra, 2009)

He started off as a painter and cartoonist, but took up photography in 1955. He was a member of the AFAL group and did his most widely acknowledged work between 1955 and 1960, before a lull lasting for 20 years. He started photographing again in 1982 after his retirement, and his work started to be widely recognized. His aim was to show the transcendence of the human being, a search which would make him one of the great authors of the 20th century.

Miguel Trillo

(Jimena de la Frontera, Cádiz, 1953)

His work, somewhere between a documentary, concept and passion, has documented the evolution of young urban tribes from the Spanish Transition through to democracy and current day. He has travelled Spain to photograph new generations of mods, punks, Goths, rappers and heavies had well and truly left Francoism behind. His photographs, included in some of the most trend-setting publications of the last quarter of the century, comprise an essential collective portrait.

Virxilio Viéitez

(Soutelo de Montes, Pontevedra, 1930 - Pontevedra, 2008)

Viéitez learned his profession with a 6x9 format box Kodak. On returning to his hometown, he set up a studio and became the most widely sought after photographer in the area. He did reports on ceremonies, weddings, funerals etc., documenting the key moments in the lives of all the families in his area through the lens of his camera. It was his daughter, Keta, who brought out his work at the end of the nineties.

Gerardo Vielba

(Madrid, 1921 - Madrid, 1992)

He combined his work as an aeronautical engineer with his passion for photography, and became an active figure in the renewal of this discipline from the 1950 onwards, and was also the President of the Royal Photography Society between 1964 and 1992. Since the decade of the seventies, he organized exhibitions and courses in order to promote photographic language. His most iconic images are from his journey to Paris which earned him the National Fine Arts Award in 1962.

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